Nancy Murphy

Nancy Lee (Smith) Murphy

Friday, May 22nd, 1936 - Monday, December 28th, 2020
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Nancy Lee (Smith) Murphy, 84, died on Monday, December 28, at Parkview Randallia Hospital due to complications from COVID-19. A native of Fort Wayne, Nancy was a graduate of St. Paul’s Lutheran School and Concordia Lutheran High School. Among her places of employment, Nancy especially enjoyed working in Student Services of Concordia High School and took great pride in being the first secretary for the Fort Wayne Wizards. Nancy was an avid sports fan and coached girls’ volleyball, basketball, and track at St. Paul’s Lutheran for many years and, later, coached girls’ basketball at Zion Lutheran School. She also deeply loved attending drama, music, and sporting events of her children and grandchildren. Surviving are son, Christopher (Susan) Murphy; daughter, Jennifer (Robert) Hobby; six grandchildren: Bradley, Abby, and Seth Murphy, and Hannah, Lydia, and Elizabeth Hobby; brother, James (Anne) Smith and family; and sister, Kathie (Laurel) Rowe and family. A Service of Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 9, 2020 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 917 W. Jefferson Blvd, preceded by calling from 10:30 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. Service will be streamed live on Emmanuel Lutheran Church-Building Faith in the City or through their YouTube and Vimeo channels. Burial in Concordia Cemetery Gardens, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Out of respect for the safety of those present, facial covering and social distancing will be expected at all times. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be designated to the Drama Department of Concordia Lutheran High School. Arrangements are being handled by FairHaven Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, January 9th, 2021 | 10:30am - 12:45pm
    Saturday, January 9th, 2021 10:30am - 12:45pm
    Emmanuel Lutheran Church
    917 W. Jefferson Blvd
    Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
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  • Service

    Saturday, January 9th, 2021 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, January 9th, 2021 1:00pm
    Emmanuel Lutheran Church
    917 W. Jefferson Blvd
    Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
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  • Interment

    Concordia Cemetery Gardens
    Address Not Available
    Fort Wayne, Indiana
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Teresa Phinazee

Posted at 11:54am
Chris, Jenny, Mr.Smith and other family members,

I’m sending heartfelt condolences from Southern California after hearing of the death of Ms.Murphy. Her gentle and kind spirit guided me through my adolescent years. We even attempted to keep in touch long after our initial meeting in 1974. What a true joy and honor to have met her acquaintance. I truly believe I’m a better person after meeting her and as I work to emulate her kindness.
BE STILL and know that she is resting with the Lord. Prayers for your family will be continual. STAY ENCOURAGED.
Teresa Rozier Phinazee

Ruth Busse

Posted at 12:27pm
What sweet memories there are of sweet Nancy beginning in the 1950's at CLHS, and continued thru the years. Prof. Ron
Gershmehl used to always close with "I'll see you in heaven'', what a great reunion we will have some day with our Savior !!
Thank you CLHS . Ruth Buuck Busse ' 54

Kathie Rowe Posted at 06:02pm

Ruth Busse. Nancy spoke of you often. She always delighted in having so many high school friends that stayed in touch over the years. She always talked about class reunions and how much she enjoyed friends like you. Thank you for your note. Kathie Rowe (Nancy’s sister)

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